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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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949 Ratings
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Ratings: 949
Reviews: 319
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 112 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-25-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Sept'13 on tap at Rattle n Hum. On tap. Very smooth & light for triple. Stealthy, in a good way.

06/10/12 From the bottle this is one of the best Belgian Triples. Bite the bullet on the price to savor the best.

seedyone, Sep 30, 2014
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John11486, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look, ma, it's a tripel made with rice! It's gonna taste like Bud Lite, except it doesn't. It taste like AWESOME. It tastes like what winners drink. It smells like banana nut bread after you goldenly pour it into your snifter. And the head rises like a summer thunderstorm's anvil head. It has POWER! Tropical fruity flavors shoot out from all directions like heat lightning. Zapping you with a tartness too, and the occasional zap of a hop or two. The rice is light and fluffy on the tongue like a (cloud analogy).

It's not a tripel, it's its own (violent weather analogy) of aromatics. Superb.

specksnreds, Feb 14, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 capped bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip, roughly 40 degrees.

Poured with a very effervescent cream white head that sticks. Body is gold to orange but hazy.

Aroma is lemon pepper, licorice and hints of orange/grapefruit. No perceptible hopping. Some fresh cut pineapple notes as it warms (not like you find from hops, but literally fresh cut pineapple slices).

Flavor is dry malt upfront upfront, licorice and dried oranges and apricot. Also dried pineapple, not quite like the pineapple notes in the aroma, more sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel is dry in the finish, near chalkly (I absolutely love tripels this way) very effervescent cleansing the palate. This beer would go fantastic with a well brined Turkey, Duck or Glazed ham.

Extremely drinkable.

Overall, style wise this beer reminds me very much of many Saisons I have had, especially Saisons that have spice additions for flavoring. Hard to tell if the yeast played a huge role in the flavor profile or worked in conjunction with the Thai Basil addition. Either way it is a really delicious and worth seeking out beer. I might hesitate to call it a Tripel, and in BJCP land might argue it is out of style, but as a beer of Belgian style it is completely fantastic.

PBoegel, Sep 14, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellered for about 9 months
750ml Bottle - Poured into DF Snifter -

Appearance - Was a little surprised on the color of the pour comapred to what a Tripel is normally - Had a Darker Copper Appearance and Head was bright white.

Smell - Stong fruit smell with a hint of clove? -
Taste - Fruity and a little funky for a Tripel but a real good mouthfeel - Tasted Basil, Banana and Orange the most with a hint of clove.

Overall a really good version of a Tripel - Top Notch from the Family Rue =
Well done -

dmunroe, Jun 02, 2010
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4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly hazy orange hued, medium amber. The rocky white head is long lasting and enthusiastic.

S: Medium-high esters orange and a moderate basil dominate the aroma. Moderately-light pepper and light clove phenols with a light malt sweetness.

T: There is an orange to peach like fruitiness with a pepper bite and moderate bitterness. A light malt and honey-like sweetness come out in the middle with an off-dry finish and a little hot. There is a moderately-light basil flavor and moderate spiciness. The balance is towards the bitter an aftertaste of honey and hops bitterness.

M: Moderate bodied with a moderately-high carbonation. There is a chile pepper like bit in the back of the throat. Kind of viscous but the high carbonation gives the impression of a lighter body. Moderate alcohol warmth, no creaminess and a light astringency.

O: This review was from my notes with no overall impression.

MadScientist, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. Looks about like a tripel is supposed to look.

The aroma is outstanding. I get a load of wheat and Asian basil as well as some nice fruit notes. There is also a nice Belgian yeast aroma and some muddled spices.

The flavor is just as good if not better. I get a lot of wheat and lemons, along with some cherries. The yeast and basil are once again present and compliment the other flavors very well. The beer is somewhat dry and is very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best American-made tripels I have drank.

Mora2000, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Dogfish Head tulip, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head continues to rise, sno-coning above the rim, but the vigorous bubbling finally abates somewhat, with tons of chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy. Taste is sweet upfront, spicy yeasts in the middle, and a tea-like flavor at the close with some light warming. Mouthfeel is smooth, very clean, and drinkability is excellent. Very nice brew.

ppoitras, Jan 30, 2010
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.